At sixes and sevens

“At sixes and sevens” is an idiomatic phrase that means a state of confusion or disorder, where things are disorganized and in chaos.

The origin of this phrase is unclear, but there are a few theories. One theory is that it comes from the game of dice, where the numbers six and seven are the hardest to roll. Another theory is that it comes from the practices of trade guilds in medieval times, where apprentices would serve six years with their masters and then serve a further seven years as journeymen. During that transitional period, they were considered to be “at sixes and sevens,” as they were not fully settled in their new roles.


  1. After the party, the house was left at sixes and sevens with empty bottles and plates scattered everywhere.
  2. I’m feeling at sixes and sevens with all the changes happening at work.
  3. The company’s finances were at sixes and sevens after the CEO resigned.
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